Dec 13, 2013

UV Warm Mohair Gloves

Combination of two strands of Cima and Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits gives a simply stunning result! These gloves as soft as a kitten, mildly fuzzy and very warm. I imagine they would be ideal for people when they are typing, reading, driving car or just walking. Prototype of this pattern -

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Can not wait any longer to see the movie! Going tomorrow!

Here is the song from the end credits of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Ed Sheeran "I See Fire"

Amazing voice, great composition, will make you think.

Dec 12, 2013

Are you listening audiobooks while knitting?

When I'm knitting I have to listen an audiobook. And since all audiobooks of my favourite writer Terry Pratchett are finished I had to search for another option. And here is what I have found from my Vogue Knitting subscription today - a website is offering a few collections of audiobooks for Runners, Family/Road Trippers, Business Traveler, Sci-Fi/Adventure /Tech lovers and Crafters. Let's see what can I find there.

Nov 26, 2013

Silk Shawl

Ooh! This is soo pretty!

The pattern is a slightly modified version of two cross pollinated shawls:
1. Laminaria
2. Echo Flower .

I used yarn from Henry's Attic - Rapunzel 1Ply - 100% Tussah Silk with a lovely golden color, it's natural crispy texture and mild shine. This yarn is surprisingly fuzzy almost like mohair.

I didn't know how this wild silk will behave after blocking. It is my first tussah silk shawl. So actually the shawl became like starched after blocking but this effect didn't last long, after first photo session the fabric has become soft again.

This shawl is available for sale in my LaceKnit etsy shop.

Nov 25, 2013

Seamless Shrug

To make this shrug I used about 2 skeins of Staccato from Shibui Knits, 5 double pointed sock needles US6/4.00mm, circular needles of the same size (can use straight needles). The Staccato yarn has superwash merino wool and silk fibers, which gives to your garments an interesting shine and I like it. The yarn is perfect for knitting a jacket or sweater. But I think that Staccato can be used for socks and it will be a luxurious long lasting warm and elegant socks. I'm tempted to try.

The process of knitting this shrug I would describe in these few steps:
1. Starting with double pointed sock needles I knitted in circles the first sleeve from down to top.
2. I switched sock needles to the circular ones and start knitting straight the back part.
3. Once I finished with the back I switched to sock needles again and start knitting in circles making the second sleeve from top down.
4. Then I blocked it. It's extremely important, because the fabric from Staccato yarn is stretching a lot.
5. Next day I picked stitches from the formed hole in between my sleeves onto circular needles and knitted 2k, 2p until I had 13 cm of a trim.
That's all basically.

One week sale in LaceKnit shop

Only this week your purchase in LaceKnit shop for more than $100 qualifies for a discount 30% off. Use coupon code D30OFF at the check out.
This offer is valid from November 25 through December 2, 2013.

Nov 11, 2013

LaceKnit Coupons

We are running these pre-holiday promotions in our LaceKnit etsy shop:

- All LaceKnit shawls for price $120 and more are shipped for FREE within the US (coupon code - SHIPFREE).

- Orders for more than $150 will qualify for a discount 10% OFF (coupon code - D10OFF).
These offers are valid from November 10 through November 23, 2013.

Nov 7, 2013

Yarn weight identification

Nice and simple tips how to identify weight of a mystery yarn in the article Mystery Stash Yarns: Determining Yarn Weights posted by Ashley on Craftsy.

Nov 6, 2013

Christmas interior

Creating a nice and cozy interior of the Christmas atmosphere.

Nov 2, 2013

About the scarf Florence

The pattern is published!
This lace scarf Florence designed within estonian lace tradition. The scarf consists only one rectangle section. The pattern has a chart and written general instructions.
Option 1. Yarn: Cima from Shibui Knits, Lace / 2 ply, 70% Alpaca, 30% Merino .
Yardage: 490-510 yards.
Needles: US 4 - 3.5 mm.
Approximate measurements: 65" x 9.6" (165 x 24.3 cm).

Option 2. Yarn: Silk Cloud from Shibui Knits, Lace / 2 ply, 60% Mohair, 40% Silk.
Yardage: 400 -420 yards.
Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm
Approximate measurements: 67" x 11.6" (170 x 29.5 cm).

The pattern includes nupps and stitch “k5sts tog into 5sts”. Here is the explanation how to do it:

Nupp - knit into one stitch, leaving it on the left-hand needle, * yarn over, knit into original stitch again*, repeat from * to * two more times - five stitches from one. Purl all 5 stitches together on the following row.

k5sts tog into 5sts - knit into 5 stitches together knitwise, leaving them on the left-hand needle, * yarn over, knit into original stitch again*, repeat from * to * two more times - five stitches from five. Purl all 5 stitches separately on the following row.

The scarf Florence can be knitted with different yarn weights - lace, light fingering and fingering - and can be expanded into a stole or transformed into a square shawl.

And it's very important to follow these instructions to finish the project:
Soak the scarf in cool water with shampoo, then rinse. Squeeze gently - do no wring/twist. Block the scarf by stretching and pinning it to shape, pulling the fabric at the both ends of the scarf, forming pointy shape if desired. Allow it to dry completely in blocked position, then unpin and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy it!

Oct 25, 2013

Lace Scarf "Florence" with Silk Cloud from Shibui

This is another version of my newly designed scarf "Florence". Here I used 30 grams, 396.0 yards (362.1m) of lace weight yarn Silk Cloud from Shibui, color Ash. The yarn has mohair and silk fibers and it's the best mohair I have ever worked with so far, it's extremely soft and mildly fuzzy, It just can not be better.

Oct 23, 2013

Lace Scarf "Florence"

This is my newest design. I used lace weight yarn Cima from Shibui, color Suit. The yarn has alpaca and merino fibers and it's one of my favourite yarns, it's soft and silky. The trim is actually knitted straight, but stretched this way in blocking process. I will write the pattern when I will have more time.

Oct 16, 2013

Cabled wool socks

I made these socks using 100% wool yarn - Palette by Knit Picks. I like this yarn, it is quite rough and itchy but it's good (see why). I used 56 gramms of this fingering yarn for both socks.

I was using square wooden needles for the first time and I liked this experience. These needles are little easier to hold and control because they are square, and they are light and will not slip out because they are made from wood. I like it.

This color is gorgeous and I'm quite satisfied with how these socks look. And also I'm excited about a nice way to show this beauty by wearing a transparent rain shoes which I'm planning to do. 

Oct 1, 2013

Music for meditation

Beautiful Relaxing Piano Music - "Treasures of the Morning" by Mauricio ...

May It Be from Enya on Myspace.

Sep 30, 2013

Flower Dance Top

The thing is - I have got an amazing yarn from Henry's Attic. It called Avalanche, 100 silk, an extremely soft and smooth yarn. And of course I wanted to start to work with it right away. The project must be something as spectacular as this yarn. And that was a problem.

I started by searching Ravelry. The closest garment for this yarn I could find was Date Night by Nikol Lohr . But I just can't follow any pattern without changing it completely. So all is left from the Date Night was seamless top-down technique.

Then I draw a few sketches of what I would like to knit in the future.

As result of all I finished recently this quite successful top I called Flower Dance. The work was exciting and pretty satisfying at the end. Find it on Ravelry.

Sep 25, 2013

Warm Mohair Gloves

It has become colder in Seattle. I like this rainy season, air is getting thinner, rain is making people calm. It's also a perfect time for meditation, because rain is helping you to look inside. My hands are often getting cold very easily. I have an old cotton gloves I knitted two years ago, but they are not warm enough. So I decided to find a window between my projects and knit some gloves for myself with fluffy mohair. It's incredibly warm!

See My Patterns tab to download the pattern for these gloves for FREE.
Find the pattern on Ravelry

Sep 15, 2013

Pattern - "Forest Glade" Square Shawl

This is my newest design. The shawl consists of a square main section and the lace edging is knitted onto the centre part using circular needles. The pattern has charts, tutarials and written general instructions. The pattern has a decent amount of nupps around the edge. The shawl can be knitted with different yarn weights - lace, light fingering and fingering.
I hope you enjoy it!

Yarn used: 2 strands of Henry's Attic Moriah
Fibers: 100% Merino wool.
Yarn weight: light fingering.
Needle size: US 3 - 3.25 mm.
Yardage: 900 - 1000 yards.
Size made: 110 x 110 cm).

Sep 14, 2013

Square shawl

I have to share this recently finished shawl. I used merino wool yarn (light fingering weight) and 3.25 mm needles.
The pattern is coming soon.

Sep 10, 2013

The BT Fall 13 Collection

The BT Fall 13 Collection. I just love everything about it! Beautiful and cozy collection, amazing photos which reminding me of camping here in WA.

Sep 9, 2013

Knits Inspired by Tolkien's World

Evenstar Shawl by Susan Pandorf. Published in "Fellowship of the Ring Series", "Elven Delicacies", "Sunflower Designs". Yarns suggested: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Thread II The Unique Sheep Eos. Yarn weight: Lace / 2 ply. Needle size: US 3 - 3.25 mm. Yardage: 1450 - 1500 yards (1326 - 1372 m). Sizes available: 60 inch diameter.
Galadriel Hooded Dress by Nikol Lohr. Published in "Literary Knits". Yarns suggested: Araucania Ranco Solid Frog Tree Brushed Suri. Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi). Needle size: US 8 - 5.0 mm: US 7 - 4.5 mm. Yardage: 2000 - 3500 yards (1829 - 3200 m). Sizes available: S, M, L, XL.
Aniron tunic by Luise O'Neill. Published in Impeccable Knits Ravelry Store and In Tune. Yarns suggested: Knit Picks Swish DK. Yarn weight: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi). Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm; US 6 - 4.0 mm. Yardage: 984 - 1353 yards (900 - 1237 m). Sizes available:36.75 (38.5, 40.75, 42.5, 44.75, 46.5, 48.75, 50.5, 52.75, 54.5)" / 93.5 (98, 103.5, 108, 113.5, 118, 124, 128.5, 134, 138.5)cm.
Mithril Vest by Susan Pandorf. Published in "Fellowship of the Ring Series", "Elven Delicacies", "Sunflower Designs". Yarns suggested: Filatura Di Crosa Gioiello. Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi). Needle size: US 3 - 3.25 mm. Yardage: 700 yards (640 m). Sizes available: bust measurement of [42, 46, 50, 54, 58] inches - may go smaller by using size 2 needle.
Lanthir Lamath - scarf with hood by Ann Kingstone. Published in "Novel Knits", "Ann Kingstone Designs". Yarns suggested: Texere Yarns Airedale Aran. Yarn weight: Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi). Needle size: US 8 - 5.0 mm. Yardage: 459 - 612 yards (420 - 560 m).
#07 Mohair Lace Dress by Laura Zukaite. It is not actually connected to Tolkien's world, just I see that it's an elvish dress. Published in "Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2011", "Designer Knitting, "Early Autumn 2011". Yarns suggested: Artyarns Silk Mohair, Artyarns Beaded Mohair. Yarn weight: Lace / 2 ply. Needle size: US 6 - 4.0 mm; US 7 - 4.5 mm; US 9 - 5.5 mm; US 10½ - 6.5 mm. Hook size: 3.75 mm (F). Sizes available: XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large.
Rivendell socks by Janel Laidman. Published in "Janel Laidman" pattern store, "The Eclectic Sole: Socks for Adventurous Knitters". Yarns suggested: sock yarn. Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi). Yardage: 350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m). Sizes available: small, medium, large.
Scarf "J R R Tolkien - Misty Mountains Cold (Song of the Lonely Mountain) Chart" by emilyonthewall. Free pattern published in emilyonthewall via Tumblr.
 A Tea Cozy for Bilbo by Varina Jones. Published in Varina Jones' Ravelry Store, "Tolkien Knits". Yarns suggested: Knit Picks Full Circle Worsted Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted Ístex Létt-Lopi. Yarn weight: Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi). Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm; US 8 - 5.0 mm. Yardage: 165 - 200 yards (151 - 183 m). Sizes available: 4-6 Cup teapot.
Idrial's Elvish Slippers by Lorna Pearman. Published in "Peargirl Knits". Yarns suggested: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL. Yarn weight: Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi). Needle size: US 6 - 4.0 mm. Yardage: 250 yards (229 m). Sizes available: 8,9,10" circumference, with instructions for customizing the length
Haruni triangular shawl by Emily Ross. Published in Emily Ross' Ravelry Store. Yarns suggested: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal. Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi). Needle size: US 4 - 3.5 mm. Yardage: 500 - 525 yards (457 - 480 m).